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March 2020 Archives

Will California's ban on mandatory arbitration hold up in court?

Assembly Bill 51, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, prohibits employers from requiring, as a condition of employment, that their employees agree to arbitrate all disputes. Companies and employees can still voluntarily enter into arbitration agreements, but employees can't be required to sign them. When they choose not to sign, the employer cannot retaliate. The law does not invalidate existing arbitration agreements.

A boy's desk placed over a toilet raises discrimination concerns

A middle school in Washington state recently made headlines for setting up a school restroom as a learning environment for a student with special needs. The 11-year-old’s mother asked the school to provide her son, who has autism, a quiet place to do his schoolwork. The school responded by putting a desk over a toilet and laying a camping mat on the bathroom floor for naps.

Would AB 5 prevent truckers from being independent contractors?

When Assembly Bill 5 was signed into law in September, it codified the California Supreme Court's decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County. That decision made it much more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

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